Kevin Sussman loved comic books even before Big Bang Theory
Actor Kevin Sussman is best known for his recurring role on The Big Bang Theory as comic book aficionado Stewart Bloom, but few fans know that he’s actually a comic book expert both on and off the set. He has also appeared in shows like Weeds, Ugly Betty, and the movies Almost Famous and Hitch. In an exclusive interview, Sussman tells Indulge about his start in the business, and how it feels to watch his own show on TV.
You have played board games from around the world. Any games from India?
I can’t think of any off-hand, but I’ve played so many that I’m sure I have played some from India too.
What is the biggest difference for you working on a sitcom rather than in a movie?
One thing is the schedule. I’m dreading the day that Big Bang... is over, because I don’t want to go back to a normal shooting schedule. We usually roll in around 10 am, and after a decade of that, I’m so spoiled.
Moving on to Hitch. What was it like working with Will Smith?
Working with Will Smith was obviously amazing. I was blown away by his whole operation. He would work out right before we started taping, and be like, “Come on! Let’s do this!” Him just walking into a room, there was more intense energy than I would have for an entire day. He was also kind of a mentor for me. Back then, I was a timid, frightened young actor. But now, I’m a timid, frightened, slightly older actor.
Do you ever read the comic books on the set of Big Bang Theory?
Yeah, totally. Every episode there’s usually a couple of new items, and I always browse. I actually used to work in a comic book store in real life, but that’s just a coincidence. Between working on the show for ten years, and working in a real comic book store for four, I have spent a large chunk of my adult life working in some form of comic book store.
What was it like when you were upgraded as a regular on the show?
It was great. It’s a show that I would watch even if I wasn’t on it, so it’s still kind of surreal to be on a show that is so popular. It’s just weird. In between episodes, I go back to my normal life and kind of meld back into my home-body, normal person. Then I get a call, and I’m on a sitcom. That continues to be weird, but it is great.
Hitch airs on December 31 at 11 pm on Sony PIX